Five of the best things to do in and around LA this week
This week Los Angeles hosts Designer Con 2015, a fantastic chance to meet your favorite designer toy makers and even bag some exclusives in time for the holiday season. Speaking of which, if you need to brush up on your wine skills before hosting a holiday party, you can join Fundamental LA and the Tippler Club at a winetasting event. For music fans, the talented Logan Hone is bringing his unique sax fusion to MorYork Gallery. And for art lovers, Jennifer Wolf's latest exhibition kicks off at William Turner Gallery.
November 19 | Music
Logan Hone's Similar Fashion
Logan Hone is an alto-saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and, ultimately, an improviser of the highest caliber. He’s a jazz musician, but his sound has a great deal of indie rock thrown into the mix, and he thrives on blurring musical genres. With his current project, Similar Fashion, he pairs his sax with a viola, a guitar, and drums. The group is celebrating the launch of their album this week with a concert in Highland Park, at the MorYork Gallery, where they will be joined onstage by the Chris Speed Quartet, another sax-viola-guitar-drums combo.
7:30 p.m. | MorYork Gallery, 4959 York Blvd., Los Angeles | (323) 663-3426 | Free | website
November 21 | Exhibition opening
Jennifer Wolf: Edge of Miscibility
Jennifer Wolf is a Los Angeles–based artist who is inspired by the physicality of her surroundings and literally incorporates those surroundings into her art. By taking rocks and dirt from locations around the world—from Peru to North Africa to her hometown of Venice, CA—and incorporating them into her paints, she gives her deeply moving abstract landscapes unique colors and textures. The result is always stunning. Edge of Miscibility opens at William Turner Gallery on Saturday night, and runs through January 23.
6–8 p.m. | William Turner Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Gallery E1, Santa Monica | (310) 453-0909 | Free | website
November 21–22 | Art/design/toys
Designer Con 2015
Designer Con not only offers designer apparel and great pop and underground art, it's also the place to get some of the most exciting collectible toys around. These designer toys are no joke, with some fetching upwards of a thousand dollars. Artists also use the convention as a playful way to interact with their fans, and it's a great way to meet luminaries like Frank Kozick and Greg "Craola" Simkins. Best of all, you can score some exclusive toys, like handpainted vinyl glow-in-the-dark "Dunnys" (enchanted cupcake-dwelling bunnies). The entry fee is extremely reasonable and includes events like a LEGO art show and a panel of toy experts from Kidrobot.
9 a.m.–6 p.m. (Sat), 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Sun) | Pasadena Convention Center, Exhibit Hall, 300 East Green St., Pasadena | (800) 307-7977 | From $5 | website
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November 22 | Winetasting
They key to a great holiday party lies in having great wine—and plenty of it. Fortunately, if you need a refresher course in some of the tastiest wines currently available, Fundamental LA and the Tippler Club have your back with this perfectly timed tasting. Wine experts from Fundamental LA, Vance Erickson, Kermit Lynch, and Farm Wine Imports will all be on hand to pour six different wines, ranging from a sparkling champagne-style wine from France's Bugey region to a rich red from Sicily. Cheers!
6–8 p.m. | fundamental LA, 1202 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles | (310) 444-7581 | From $25 | website
The campground at EL Capitan Canyon is just 20 miles north of Santa Barbara, yet it retains a rustic, middle-of-nowhere vibe tha makes it a perfect place to go glamping. Tall trees and quaint cabins provide a nice dose of summer camp, but the amenities remind you that you’re an adult now. If you’re having trouble getting a fire started, for example, the swell staff will provide you with as much assistance as you need. This means that barbecueing your entire meal and serving it to you is not out of the question, if that's what you should desire. They will even pitch your tent and make up your bed for you. And if you can tear yourself away from the comforts of the camp, there's also lots of good hiking in the area.
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.